6K to Develop Battery Materials with $25M Investment
AnonymousMemberApril 29, 2021 at 9:20 AM
After just a few years in existence, 6K has made itself increasingly well-known in the 3D printing industry with its unique metal materials production technology. The startup suggests that its proprietary plasma process, UniMelt, is more sustainable method for making metal powders for additive manufacturing (AM) and other applications. Now, the company is driving its sustainability mission further by investing $25 million over the next two years to triple the size of its facility in North Andover, MA to the development and production of battery materials.
While 6K believes its material processing technology can be applied to a number of verticals, it has two divisions dedicated specifically to some of these leading applications: 6K Additive and 6K Energy. The firm’s newly announced Center of Excellence for 6K Energy is working toward the creation of sustainable battery materials for electric vehicles, grid storage and consumer items. The planned investment will see around ten UniMelt systems deployed at the 33,000 sq/ft site, capable of producing 100 tons of material from each system per year, as 6K works on full-scale development and pilot production of battery materials. Additionally, the startup will be expanding its development team and materials testing capabilities.
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